Thomas B. Savino, 86, peacefully passed away in Winter Park FL on September 22, 2020. He is survived by his four children, Rosemarie Savino (Mike Tyrrell) of Arlington, VA, Dominick Savino (Wendy Savino) of Fairfield, CT, Thomas M Savino (Errin Savino) of Winter Park, FL and Maria Downey (John Downey) of Allen, TX and six grandchildren (John Brian Downey, Dillon Downey, Adam Savino, Olivia Savino, Ava Savino and Thomas Savino). He made his deep love known to each of us every day.
Born in Brooklyn in 1934, Tom grew up with his 3 brothers Len, Bill and his only surviving brother Ben. He served his country in the US Army in Europe and upon his honorable discharge he found work at AT&T, where he met the love of his life, Louise. Tom began his career as a linesman and finished 38 years later in executive positions throughout AT&T in the US, Europe and South America. His prodigious career arc was a testament to his tenacity, his intelligence and his character. He was beloved and respected through the global ATT community.
Tom and Louise married and raised four children in Staten Island New York. It was a life filled with family, friends, sports, trips to the beach, travel, laughter, shouting and Sunday family dinners. While his career at AT&T speaks for itself his true priority was his family. Tom was a constant fixture in the life of his children and community. He filled his nights and weekends with his children and wife, often coaching children’s sports teams and with volunteer work at the Staten Island Society for The Prevention of Child Cruelty. In his role as father and mentor, he found great joy and the expected resultant challenges, despite the circumstance his support and love for his family never wavered. It was this selflessness and dependability that earned Tom the respect of children and parents in a variety of leagues and conferences. Tom never forgot how to how fun – he always found time to play softball with his buddies, on the aptly named team “Buddy’s WunderBar”, and as time marched on these same friends became his weekend golf buddies.
As each child grew, left home for college, returned home and then (joyously) married and moved out, he and Louise got the chance to travel and enjoy their ‘empty nest’ years in various homes in New York, Rome, Monte Carlo, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. When Louise passed away in 2006 he mourned deeply, after which he carried Louise’s love with him and embraced the next chapter of his life. After some travel, he settled in Winter Park, Florida where the weather and the golfing suited him best. Despite his physical location his family remained his anchor and he eagerly followed the progress of his grandchildren, never forgetting a birthday, anniversary or big event. Tom ensured that each of his us knew he loved us and was there for us every single day.
As a resident of the Mayflower in Winter Park in his later years, Tom was very involved in the community and developed great friendships. By turns irreverent and hilarious, his fellow retirees knew he was always available to help. Love, generosity, kindness and an open heart made Tom the great friend, father, husband and role model he was and we are all better men and women for having known him. He touched the lives of everyone he met with humor and charm and was always willing to offer advice and guidance, whether needed or not. That, too, is part of his enduring legacy.
On September 25th he will be waked at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park. The family is requesting, in lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society in the name of Tom & Louise Savino.
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